Snow Neighbours to the Rescue
Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Communities and also in Environment, Health, Housing
In the recent freeze Rachael Roberts, 38, and Isobel Meikle, 69, from The Horsepool in Berry Hill realised many of their surrounding neighbours would struggle to get out of their front doors, let alone do their daily food shop.
So it was Rachael and Isobel to the rescue, taking time out of their busy schedules to make sure their neighbours were OK and had enough in to keep them fed and warm.
The dynamic duo did a special essentials run to the local shops for all in need in the Two Rivers community.
Even though Rachael only knew some of her neighbours by sight, when the snow came down her caring nature kicked in.
"I would never like to see a neighbour struggle. Even though I'm sure they could manage, I would still like to feel as though someone would be willing to help me out if I was ever in need," Rachael said.
70 year old neighbour Mrs Margaret Stephens was so pleased that Rachael went out of her way to check on her welfare:
"I would love to urge more people to think of others in need at times like these. She deserves some recognition for her kindness," she said.
Most of the homes on the Horsepool estate are provided by not-for-profit housing association Two Rivers, helping local people afford to stay in the communities they love.
Neighbourhoods Chief at Two Rivers, Rachel Smith said it was heart warming to hear about the community spirit alive and well in Berry Hill.
"From what I know of the Two Rivers community there will have been all sorts of good deeds and community action going on during the recent bad weather.
"Good quality affordable homes are just the starting point for caring and thriving communities. It's people themselves that make a strong community. Rachael and Isobel are a shining example of a healthy community in action," Rachel said.